STACEY M. GRAY

Stacey M. Gray founded Stacey Gray PC in 1999, and runs a discreet, full service employment law firm that represents executives and employers in state, federal and appellate courts as well as resolving disputes through arbitration and mediation. Gray’s representation of both sides of a dispute – management and employees – has afforded her unparalleled skills, and the expertise to represent and counsel management. She is a solution oriented employment attorney who is protective of her clients, takes great pride in their successes, and treats them with the highest level of respect, confidentiality and commitment.

                     

Gray counsels and represents clients at all stages of an employment dispute, including investigation, litigation, arbitration and mediation. She also negotiates, enforces and cancels employment contracts, bonus pay, fiduciary duties and restrictive covenants. Gray’s representation also includes discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and whistleblower claims in addition to related causes of action. 

In 2020, Gray served as Co-Lead Counsel with Mehri & Skalet in a class and collective action against MetLife in the Southern District of New York that settled for $3,390,000 on behalf of a group of dental consultants in eight states who alleged that MetLife misclassified them as independent contractors and violated the FLSA and ERISA. She also won a decision against Time Warner Inc. on behalf of an executive where Time Warner was represented by Cravath, Swaine & Moore and their co--counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. She served as lead counsel to negotiate Managing Directors at Greenhill & Company joining global investment bank Moelis & Company to launch its Private Funds Advisory Business. Gray has represented numerous executives at leading financial firms and corporations to resolve disputes, and she has represented companies as well. Gray's track record over the last 20 years allows her to often resolve matters without the filing of a lawsuit.

 

Stacey Gray’s cost-effective skillset additionally helps clients avoid disputes by counseling and training management and employees on workplace policies. The firm advises clients on a spectrum of city, state and federal laws to ensure compliance and offers the necessary perspective at the appropriate time.

 

AWARDS

  • 2019 Outstanding Woman Lawyer in a Solo/Small Firm, National Bar Association Women Lawyer Division, June 19, 2019

  • Honorable Mention, New York Law Journal’s Diversity Initiative Project, February 13, 2016. The New York Law Journal recognized Stacey Gray PC along with Proskauer Rose, Ropes & Gray, Sherman Sterling, Cadwalader, American Arbitration Association, Dechert, Richards Kibbe & Orbe, SUNY Buffalo Law School for their commitment to creating a diverse legal community and their sustained efforts.

 

  • New York Diversity Fellow, New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2009-2010

 

  • Highest Leaf Award, Women’s Venture Fund, New York, New York, June 22, 2007

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Maya Atrakchi, Katherine Cser, Stacey M. Gray and Peter C. Moskowitz, 2014 Latest Developments in Employment Litigation and Arbitration, Federal Bar Council, April 23, 2014

 

  • Stacey M. Gray, The Mediation Process:  Pre-Mediation Preparation Through Private Caucus Negotiations, NY Litigator, New York State Bar Association, Summer 2008, Vol. 13, No.1

 

NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL

The New York Law Journal profiled Stacey M. Gray and her practice in 2001 and 2015.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PROGRAMS

 

Employment Law Update 2020, Co-Coordinator, Federal Bar Council, November 12, 2020, New York, New York (Webinar)

2019 Latest Developments in Employment Law & Litigation, Panelist,

Federal Bar Council, October 29, 2019, New York, New York

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Co-Coordinator, Federal Bar Council, March 22, 2018, New York, New York

A Call to Action: Credible Roles in the Courtroom for Diverse and Women Attorneys, Moderator, Federal Bar Council, January 23, 2018, New York, New York

 

Principles of Mediation & ADR, Presenter, The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law (NYC Chapter), June 6, 2017

2016 Latest Developments in Employment Law & Litigation, Panelist,

Federal Bar Council, November 9, 2016, New York, New York

Whistleblower Update 2016: Strategies for Litigation, Investigations and Best Practices, Co-Coordinator, June 21, 2016, New York, New York

Diversity & Inclusion Law Panel, Panelist, Practicing Law Institute, February 18, 2016, New York, New York

2015 Latest Developments in Employment Law & Litigation, Panelist, Federal Bar Council, May 13, 2015, New York, New York

2014 Latest Developments in Employment Litigation and Arbitration, Panelist, Federal Bar Council, April 23, 2014, New York, New York

A Call to Action: Diversify the Legal Profession by Retaining African American-Owned Law Firms, Co-Chair and Moderator, National Bar Association, Small Business Law Section, October 10, 2013, New York, New York

Using African-American Owned Law Firms/Rooney Rule, Panelist, National Bar Association, May 3, 2013, National Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois

How to Become an Equity Partner at a Law Firm, Moderator, Federal Bar Council, May 22, 2012, New York, New York

Latest Legal Developments for Companies and Their Independent Contracts, Presenter, May 8, 2012, The General Assembly, New York, New York

Best Practices for Businesses and Independent Contractors, Presenter, February 7, 2012, The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, New York, New York

Latest Developments in Employment Litigation, Program Co-Coordinator, November 15, 2011, Federal Bar Council, New York, New York

2011 Best Practices for Law Firm Diversity and Accountability, Program Co-Coordinator, May 18, 2011, Federal Bar Council, New York, New York

Employment Rights Section CLE Program & Election, Moderator, July 12, 2010, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America, ATLA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Advancing and Retaining Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Profession, Program Co-Coordinator, May 20, 2010, Federal Bar Council, New York, New York

Putting ADR on Your Radar, Panelist, September 23, 2009, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

The Mediation Process: Pre-Mediation Preparation through Private Caucus Negotiations, Panelist, October 11, 2007, New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, New York, New York

The Rainmaker’s Guide:  Best Practices for Business Development in the Law, Speaker, April 19, 2006, Dallas, JL Turner Legal Association

Understanding Insurance and Employment Issues in Operating Your Business, Presenter, March 20, 2006, The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc., New York, New York

A Call to Action: Diversity Includes Retaining Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Moderator and Coordinator, September 15, 2005, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Best Practices for Women Lawyers & Their Firms, Panelist, May 19, 2005, National Association of Women Lawyers, Chicago, Illinois

Business Development and the Law: Tips From the Experts, Moderator, April 19, 2005, Federal Bar Council, New York, New York

Women in Leadership, Panelist, January 29, 2005, Duke University; Entrepreneurship, Panelists, January 29, 2005, Durham, North Carolina

 

EDUCATION

 

Berkeley Law, University of California at Berkeley, Juris Doctor

Duke University, Bachelor of Arts

Duke University, Certificate in Markets and Management

ADMISSIONS

New York, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS

Federal Bar Council, Member of Program Committee (Continuing Legal Education), 2003 – present

Duke University, Reunion Class Co-Chair, Leadership Gifts for Class of 1995 in 2020, 2015 & 2005

Duke Alumni Association, Member of Board of Directors, 2005 – 2010

Duke University Council on Women’s Studies, Member, 2001 – 2003

National Bar Association, Co-Chair, SBLS, A Call to Action, October 10, 2013

Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Gala Committee, 2013

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2004 – 2010

Washington Duke Club, Member, 2003 – 2004

Executive Women’s Golf Association, Member, 2005 – 2006